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There are many theories about selecting the Labrador puppy that is best for you and your family. There is no "golden rule" but there are things that you can do to improve your chances of getting the puppy you want.
- Make sure you will have the time to care for the pup when they come home - they're still babies!
- Look at a couple of litters. Don't buy the first pup you see.
- Visit the litter when they are around 4 weeks of age. Any earlier and they all look alike - loveable little slugs! Pick out one or two that you think you like and follow their progress.
- Know what sort of dog you are looking for. If you are looking for a friend who will lie under your feet while you read the Saturday papers then the liveliest and bounciest little pup of the litter might not be for you!
- Look at the mother and watch how she interacts with the puppies and you. Whilst she may be protective of her puppies she should not show any aggression to visitors.
- Look at the kennel and the breeders. What condition have the pups been kept in and how do the breeders interact with the puppies and their other dogs?
- Avoid the "puppy farmers" and find a breeder who spends quality time socialising the litter.
- Make sure the breeder is "responsible" which ensures that your puppy comes with a certificate of pedigree from VicDogs.
- Check that the parents have had their hips and elbows scored by a specialist veterinarian and that DNA testing has been done to reduce the chances of other inheritable conditions.
- The parents should have been checked by a specialist veterinary ophthalmologist and to ensure that their puppies are PRA clear.
- Ensure that the puppies have been regularly wormed and that they are microchipped and checked by a vet.
We welcome general enquiries about Labradors and are happy to provide you with the names of other good breeders around Geelong and Victoria generally. So please feel free to contact us on 03 52503194 or email us.